Jim: [during an American air strike] P-51! Cadillac of the sky!
Steven Spielberg directs a young Christian Bale in an epic semi-autobiographical story about a young English boy living in Shanghai during WWII, only to be separated from his parents and end up spending a good deal of time in a Japanese internment camp.
As a Spielberg film, it is excellently made, combining wonderful visuals, excellent cinematography, a great John Williams score, and a well done job at telling a story.
Jim: I can't remember what my parents look like.
It also helps that young Bale is as terrific as ever. He plays the boy Jim as an energetic youngster, a quick learner, and one who becomes over-excited very quickly. His love of planes and later, his enjoyment in knowing all the ins and outs of the internment camp all work at getting his character across.
The good supporting cast is also welcome, including talents such as John Malcovich, Miranda Richardson, and Joe Pantoliano.
Wisely, Spielberg places the point-of-view of the film from the perspective of Bale, making the film's tone work very well in depicting the harsh realities of living in a prison camp.
There are a couple of key memorable moments in this film that are also very effective. Some include the early scenes involving massive crowds in Shanghai, another involves the portrayal of a certain event in Japan. These elements all work at making this movie succeed in being very well done.
Jim: Would you like a Hershey bar?
Nina: Oh yes, please
Jim: So would I kid, have you got one?